Skype a free cross-platform application that provides the user with a modern internet telephony and instant messaging and it is based on VOIP technology.It is available for Windows, MacOS and Linux Operating systems.By using this application you can make free video and message to another skype contact as free.
Skype recently released a new Preview version 8.5.76 to Linux operating systems after it was introduced in Windows and Mac, it is not a completely stable version but this Skype Preview delivers most of the great features of mobile experience.
What's New in Skype Preview
- Puts the chat front and center
- You can also do group calls with real time screen and photo sharing
Installation steps:For Debian based distributions
Method 1: Deb file
You can download the skype from the official site from here
Once it is downloaded, install it by using the dpkg command
dpkg -i skypeforlinux-64-preview.debMethod 2: Using skype repo
Step 1: Check and install the transport-https package
dpkg -s apt-transport-https > /dev/null || bash -c "sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https -y"Step 2: Install the GPG key
curl https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://repo.skype.com/deb unstable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-unstable.listStep 4: Update the repo
sudo apt-get updateStep 5: Install Skype Preview
sudo apt-get install skypeforlinuxFor Redhat based distributions